Guests trickle in for Zulu King’s memorial service

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Dignitaries, including the President, have started arriving at KwaKhethomthandayo Royal Palace in Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal, for the memorial service of the late AmaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu.

The 72-year old Zulu monarch was laid to rest in a ceremony called ukutshalwa in the early hours of this morning.

In Zulu culture, the term ukutshalwa refers to the belief that a King never dies but that he is planted.

The king passed on from COVID-19 complications last week.

President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the eulogy at the memorial service.

The service will be carried live on SABC platforms including TV, radio and online:

People are urged to watch the ceremony using these media and not to visit Nongoma because of the coronavirus pandemic.

It is understood that the police have been deployed to oversee the memorial ceremony and to ensure that COVID-19 regulations are followed.

CAF President Patrice Motsepe pays tribute to the King:

He has been hailed for reviving Zulu culture, strong traditional leadership and leading the call for many social challenges like the fight against HIV/Aids.

International community pays tribute to the Zulu King: